The High King Lives

Hear the Writer Roar! Tuesday: Legalism, a Poem April 15, 2014

Hello dear ones! How are you? This poem I wrote today is based on an actual dream I had many years ago. It was more of a nightmare and last night during prayer the dream came to my mind and I now understand what I was dealing with. Hence, the inspiration for this poem. Please don’t copy but you can share this link. Thanks! God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


By Amber Dover

I met a demon named Legalism

once upon a dream,

He was fat and ugly

and  he laughed at me.

I rebuked him but he would not go away,

I didn’t know then

but my pride had allowed him to stay.

The plump fella levitated

and stared malevolently.

I choose to send him to the abyss,

because Christ has already set me free!

No longer will I feed him

with my works-based theology and lack of grace.

I’ll feast upon God’s love,

and spit the bones in his face.

And as the imp shrinks to nothing

in his fiery cell,

I’ll wave “goodbye” forever,

shouting “enjoy Hell!”


The 1600′s Week 1: The Flying Dutchman & Sumo Wrestling April 14, 2014

In this post: We take a look at the late 1500′s & early 1600′s. From the Dutch Revolt to King James all the way to the beginning of Sumo wrestling in Japan. Come join us :).

Hello dear ones! How are you? Several weeks ago we began Book 3 of Story of the World. This is how we learned:

  • We read about the Spanish conquistadors looking for gold in South America and the poor slaves.  We also read about the Dutch revolt between William the Silent and the protestants verses King Philip II.  So Michael drew a Dutch windmill out of his draw through History book.
  • We read about Mary Queen of Scots, the Catholic Queen who lost her throne but her son King James, a protestant is the one who organized the bringing together of the King James Version of the Bible.  He did not write it as some have accused. I have a link with details below but many different Christians came together in unity to bring about the KJV, 54 scholars, Puritans and Anglicans. People that usually disagreed came together in prayer and wisdom to make a translation that the common people could understand and interpret on their own, with no foot notes to sway them.  To celebrate this beautiful thing, we had fig newton Bibles with icing on them. We also watched a brilliant documentary on the KJV. The actor who plays Gimle from Lord of the Rings actually narrated.

How the KJV was brought together

Neat Biblical facts from the Amazing timeline we use:

  • We read about Henry Hudson and Samuel Champlain. Hudson discovered the Hudson Bay in Canada & Champlain discovered Quebec, for the Europeans.  The Native Americans were already there of course.  Since we’ve been learning about the Dutch and different explorers, I told Michael the legend of the Flying Dutchman. The story goes that a Dutch captain was trying to get around the Cape of Good Hope when he swore to God that he’d be eternally damned if he didn’t sail around it. So the story goes that the Captain and his crew perished because he tested God and now they appear as a ghost ship. Since this story came about many sailors have claimed to see a ghost ship. Modern science has shown that the appearance of a ghost ship is in fact an optical illusion called looming or a mirage. Look it up. It’s pretty nifty. We watched The Pirates of the Caribean movie that has Davy Jones as the captain of the Flying Dutchman. I don’t recommend it for all kids. Some parts are scary for littles. But it’s an interesting take on the legend. We did a great chalk and silhouette art project that I found on a blog I follow. It’ll be in the links below. Our Flying Dutchman silhouette looks more dream-like than menacing. It makes me think of Neverland.
  • As we get into the 17th and 18th centuries, we are learning about important musicians, poets, and inventors. This week we learned about Blaise Pascal who invented the mechanical calculator, the pascaline. He also had some real neat sayings and poetry. And we listened to the music of Pachelbel. So Michael made a foam calculator and he listened to Canon in D.
  • Nana came over and we took a trip to the park. She also let me dress her up to do “Sumo wrestling”. My Mom really is a trooper. I was not up to Sumo and she really helped out. We read about the Shogun Ieyasu of Japan and how he got the Samurais to lay down their swords and practice Sumo instead. They began to study the arts and learn the ways of peace. This way Ieyasu (who established Tokyo a.k.a Edo as the capitol) could make sure the Samurai never raised swords against him. So Chris helped Michael with a Sumo paper craft.  Nana had a Sumo pillow wrestling match with Michael. They stuffed pillows in their shirts and tried to push each other out of the tape boundaries. Oh my, they had fun and it was even more fun to watch! I got it on video but I’m not going to put it on here. Sorry.

Links after the picture :).



Pinterest links:

Famous Explorers & the Americas

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Just Be Held by Casting Crowns April 11, 2014

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Hello dear ones, I pray you will be encouraged by this video. Remember email sub. to come to my blog to see the vid. God bless & remember the High King lives and He loves you! ~Amber Dover

Just Be Held~Casting Crowns


A Complete Chronicles of Narnia Marathon Party April 9, 2014

Hello dear ones! I’ve got a unique and original party for you. This is a Narnian marathon party based on ALL of the books. I was inspired by many things but most of the crafts are all my own. I can’t wait to share with you! Here we go!

So I searched far and wide on Pinterest for Narnia party ideas. All I found was winter parties for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I wanted a party that had elements of all the books. My son Michael (who is about to be a big 8 yr old!) read all of the Narnia books during March. I promised him a Narnia movie marathon party for his hard work. So I had a month to work on this while Michael plugged away. He read 4 to 5 chapters a day to meet his goal.

Anywho, so I decided to make props that would represent the different books. I did major on the books that have been made into movies, but I also threw in little pieces and/or quotes to represent the lesser known books. You can tell that I mainly had a blast with my two favorites: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I’ve got some neat props for The Silver Chair & The Magician’s Nephew too. My favorite pieces are the wardrobe, Lucy’s mirror with Aslan in it, and the painting from the Dawn Treader.  Here, take a look at the pics first, then I’ll get to the details of how I brought it all together.



So…there’s a lot here. The most intricate props I worked on the week of. Some props I literally thought of the night before when I was setting up. None of these are hard and most of this was inexpensive. It looks more complex than it is. The easiest part was printing quotes from all of the books. I’ll put my Pinterest link at the end of this post.

Food: Meatballs, carrots & ranch, Turkish Delight, and Aslan cupcakes. Rootbeer floats with supper that night.

*I had a hard time finding Turkish Delight. T.J. Max was the only place I could find any and it was up front near the register. I’m so glad I found it because the last time I attempted Turkish Delight it was nasty. I’m not that fond of it anyways. I found mini lion figurines at Party City and I put them on the cupcakes. It was a box cake but the meatballs were homemade…and SOOOOO good. I stuck plastic swords in them. I got the plastic cups from Dollar Tree.

Movies: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

*We only got through two of the movies that Friday because we had school. We carried our marathon into Saturday morning.

Activities: Eat, watch movies, role play, & I played a Narnian Lullaby on my flute.

*The sheet music will be on my Pinterest. I’ll also include my royal hairstyle. It was last minute but it fit. Michael loved Mr. Tumnus’ umbrella & going in and out of the wardrobe.


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • The wardrobe~ This wasn’t complicated at all. I took poster board and covered it with a wood patterned contact paper. I cut out cardboard shapes, covered them, &  glued them on the wardrobe to make it look like it had carvings. You can’t see this well because my camera didn’t do the wardrobe justice. You could see the carvings in person. I glued a jar lid for a handle. The wardrobe is three parts. There’s the door, where the door meets the side, & there’s inside the wardrobe. The inside of the wardrobe was done on brown party paper and I attached the top of the wardrobe to the top of the paper. Then I split the middle section in half so we could walk through it. Lastly. I glued fake fur and drew hangers etc on the inside. It would’ve been cool to get an actual wardrobe but that’s too expensive and we don’t have room for anything permanent.
  • The lamp post & Mr. Tumnus’ umbrella~ White sparkly tissue paper and white fabric for the snow. The umbrella I bought at Hobby Lobby for 5 bucks. The lamp post was last minute. I took the roll of brown paper and stuck a bird feeder on top of it. Michael colored a picture of Lucy inside of Mr. Tumnus’ house and I hung it up.
  • Peter’s shield ~ I found this coloring page and hung it up above the t.v. I used tissue paper to hide all the messy bits of my entertainment center.
  • Aslan’s Camp~ I glued a red plastic cloth to a hula hoop and hung it up for the tent. I printed out lion shapes on red paper and stuck them on yellow tissue paper for the banner. I put up quotes from the book & a picture of Aslan that Michael colored. I also printed out Aslan’s prophecy to put by the Aslan cupcakes.
  • The Wintry woods by Mr. Tumnus’ house~  The table had a wintry theme. I covered it with a white plastic cloth. By the way, all of the cloths were from the Dollar Tree. In the middle of the table I put a strip of the wood patterned contact paper with a paper wardrobe on it. Then I took the sparkly white tissue paper to make the wintry woods. I rolled it up and put it on the sides to section off that area.  The lion for Aslan was from Toys R Us. Mr. & Mrs. Beaver are from Hobby Lobby. I made a makeshift lamp pole out of wooden peg parts. I could not find a small lamp post in ay of the craft stores.
  • The White Witch’s Sleigh & her stone Captives~ I found the pattern for the sleigh online and made it out of thick paper. I really needed something thicker to hold the Turkish Delight. I had to prop the sleigh against a jar. I bought miniture animal figurines at Party City. I had stone spray paint at home and my hubby spray painted the animals with it. They really looked like statues so I was very pleased. I found the warrant printable online.
  • Snowy candles~ I found this neat idea on Pinterest. I put epsom salt in mason jars, tied twine around the mouth, and put a tealight candle inside. It looks like snow.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • The living painting~ The ship painting isn’t exactly like the one in the movie. It is based more off a picture online. This is my version. I bought the frame and the wooden ship from Michael’s Craft Store. I printed a generic ship picture and glued it to canvas. Then I painted over it. I glued blue tissue paper to make it look like water was flowing from the painting. Then I glued the ship to the frame. This part has to sit on something so I pulled out a drawer. I covered the bottom of my entertainment center with a blue ocean themed plastic cloth. I really love this painting so it’s now in the homeschool room.
  • Lucy’s mirror with Aslan~ The picture doesn’t do this justice. The flash messes it up everytime and it’s not clear without it. I bought a silver plastic charger from the Dollar Tree. Then I painted Aslan as if he’s behind you, like in the movie. I wrote a quote from Aslan in the movie on top (what he says to Lucy in that scene)  and a quote from Coriakin on the bottom.
  • The Book of Incantations~ This is the book that tempts Lucy. I believe it is evil although there’s this great scene where a spell causes it to snow. By the way, I tried threading cotton balls on fishing line for snow and it was really tedious. I only made three and it just didn’t look right. It hung above the book anyways. It’s hard to see the words on the book in the pic above. But you can see the intricate patterns in the pictures below when I’m making everything. I bought a cardboard book shell from Michael’s craft store. I drew the title and patterns with a pencil. Then I used hot glue to trace it all. Once it dried I was able to paint it brown and the glue looks like a raised intricate pattern. I set it on wintry tissue paper and I put a quote about deception, nearby.
  • Aslan’s Table~ This was a last minute thing. I had a little box that I covered with brown felt. Then I took the plastic swords I had for meatballs and put seven of them on the table. The chocolate gold coins came from Party City.

The Magician’s Nephew

  • The Wood Between the Worlds & quotes~ I mainly have quotes from the book but I did want to make the wood between the worlds. It intrigues me. So I took some cardboard and watery paper. I glued moss for the grass and glass gems for the pools. I found them at the Dollar tree. You can find moss at any craft store. I bought the small trees at Hobby Lobby. I think the lion was from Party City. Anywho, this brought up an argument between me and Michael about whether or not Aslan could go to the wood between the worlds. I concluded that he looked good there. So that ends it.

The Silver Chair

  • The Garden Gate that Jill & Eustace use to get to Narnia~ Again I have quotes from the book. I decided to make my own version of the garden gate by spray painting a box with the stone spray paint. Then I glued on moss and glass gems.

The Horse and His Boy

  • Wooden horse from Michael’s craft store & quotes

Prince Caspian

  • Reepicheep pictures & quotes

The Last Battle

  • quotes & one in particular with Jewel the unicorn. I almost bought a unicorn figurine but it was too expensive.

Here are some pictures of the prep stage. Planning took the longest. Set up was an all nighter. It was worth it though. Michael was amazed. I kind of was too. I like to use my imagination and anything good that makes me feel younger is a plus.  With a little imagination you can pull off an inexpensive Narnia party too. It’s amazing what can be done with cardboard. And plastic table cloths can cover eyesores, act as back drops, and can even become snow or ocean.



After the party, I found more Narnia ideas…like golden play dough for Eustace as a dragon. Hmmm….maybe a Hobbit idea too. Hey!

Here’s the Pinterest link:

I hope you enjoyed visiting Narnia with me :). I pray I will encourage and inspire you to step out the box and throw your own unique parties. Feel free to use these ideas, I just ask that you link back to me. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

PS: Go to my Parties category to see all the other neat parties we’ve done, including date nights. We’ve got Harry Potter (mostly original), Time Machine parties for our study of the 20th century, the Hunger Games, Star Wars, and tons more. Please check it out ;) and leave me some comment love.





Laugh Yourself Silly: Frozen April 4, 2014

Dear ones, enjoy this awesome vid. of the song “Let it Go” from “Frozen” sung by 21 different Disney & Pixar characters. It’s all sung by one man and it’s absolutely brilliant.  Remember email sub. to come to my blog to see the vid.


God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover




Exploring the Americas

In this post: Come hang out as we learn about famous explorers & the Americas. We also learn about the Mayans, the Incans, and the Aztecs. 

Hello dear ones! I am several weeks behind on these crafty posts. You may have noticed but I’m not labeling my posts in the title anymore. I’m just posting them on whatever day I can. But I’m still tagging them in the right category. So you can still find all the crafty posts under Crafty Mondays.

Well, we took a week long vacation to explore historic sites from Savannah to D.C.  When we got back we were ready to jump into (more) learning (well, I was :P). We had fun with the Middle ages. Now we are off to explore the New World. Here’s how we did it:

  • We began Pilgrims, Pirates, & Patriots, our Draw & Write Through History book. This is actually what guides us. Story of the World is extra.
  • I hung up an Explorers in the New World banner across our room.
  • Michael colored and put together a Columbus hat, and spyglass with a map of Columbus’ explorations on it.  Then we headed to the park to be explorers ourselves.
  • We had a picnic by the water (a big rock was our ship), and I read about Columbus & Amerigo Vespucci (America’s namesake) in Story of the World Book 3.
  • I found this great lapbook on explorers and Native Americans (South & Central). I’ll provide links at the end. It had us mark Columbus and Magellan’s routes. We also marked out how many men died on Magellan’s voyage. A lot of people died in the search for the New World. We compared Columbus and the conquistadors.
  • Michael started reading “Who Was Columbus?” 
  • We put together a ship in a bottle. We ended the day with ice cream and we conquered the world ;).
  • The next couple of days we read about the Mayans, the Incans, and the Aztecs.
  • We watched a video on Netflix about the Mayans and the conquistadors.
  • We both made a Mayan eye of God craft. Then Michael put together a tp roll quetzal, an important bird to all of the Central/South Americans.
  • We learned about Montezuma and the Aztecs. Michael made a clay Aztec sun.
  • We talked about the Incans, watched The Emperor’s New Groove, and I made a stuffed llama for Michael.
  • We ended our week by learning about Walter Raleigh and the lost colony. We also learned about Jacque Cartiers and his “discovery” of Canada.

Links after the picture…


Here’s the Pinterest link we’ll be using through April:

 Llama pattern:


 God’s Eyes craft

Ship in a bottle:

Lapbook & Aztec Sun idea:

Columbus hat and spyglass :


God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


The Renaissance (start here):

The Middle Ages (start here):

Rome (start here):

Greece (start here):


All our History lessons:



The 1600′s Week 1:



Noah the Movie: The Facts April 1, 2014

Filed under: Media Saturday,Movie reviews — amberdover @ 5:14 pm
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What is Noah, the movie really about? I’ve got three resources to help you sort fact from fiction.

Book of Genesis Chapter 8-12 (Bible Illustrations by Sweet Media)

Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Some say this is a balanced view on Noah and others call it liberal. It’s a good read none the less.



I usually check Plugged In before I go see a movie. This review will give you all the details on why the movie is PG-13 so you can make an informed decision.



Is the Noah movie taken from the gnostic gospel?  This one will really stir you up. Is the creator referred to in Noah actually the gnostic creator, an evil god who hates the world? An article to ponder with lots of info even if you’ve never heard of gnosticism (something early Christians fought hard against).


Whether the director is an atheist writing about a God he doesn’t know or a gnostic glorifying Satan as the loving spiritual god and Yahweh as evil, this movie has brought about a lot of discussion. I also think it brings a challenge for Christians. Do we know our Bible? Are we pointing others to the true and One God who loves the world so much that He died for it (that blows gnosticism to bits)?  Father God makes it clear in His word that He doesn’t enjoy punishing the wicked. God’s justice was met in the Biblical account of Noah but there is also His grace as He saved Noah and his family. The people on earth were so corrupt that there was no redemption left for their souls. The flood gave us a chance to know God, for humanity to start again. Who knows if humanity would’ve lasted much longer the way it was going. I mean…EVERY thought of man was wicked. They probably would’ve killed each other off. Some suggest that bloodlines were even corrupt as humans mingled with fallen angels (hence the Nephilim). A hybrid blood line would have kept God’s promise of a savior from coming to pass. There are interesting takes on the Biblical account.  But we know from God’s word in whole that God loves humanity and wants to redeem us from the curse brought by sin. He is God. We are not. Bottom line. I can only love the one who gave me breath, who gives me all that’s good, and who died to save me.

Book of Genesis Chapter 8-8 (Bible Illustrations by Sweet Media)

Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I  have my own feelings about the movie but since I haven’t seen it I can only point you to reviews. I don’t want to spend money on something I won’t enjoy and now that I’ve got gnostic themes in my head that’ll probably make it very hard for me to watch. That’s just me. But I believe with any movie that has Biblical themes we should be cautious. We should know our Bible enough to sort the facts. Our theology should be based on God’s word, not media. With that being said, media can be a tool. You can use it to talk to others about topics that normally wouldn’t be discussed…like hey, Noah! You can let it push you to further study  the Bible.  I don’t believe we should use media as a tool for legalism or a way of bashing others. We can speak the truth in love, yes, the controversial truth can be spoken in love. It’s  how we say it and our motivation for saying it.  You tell the truth so it will bring life and healing to others….so it will save others. But truth does often hurt. Grace helps the rough edges.  We all have a choice when it comes to media and culture. Will we let media drive us, whether it pushes us away or draws us in? Or will we use it as a tool, an opportunity?

The missionary who baptized me had a wonderful gift. He could take any conversation, any topic, and use it to talk about God. What a wise skill that is.  Christ is my best friend and God’s truth & love is at the core of everything that matters. Jesus is life. Less of me and more of Him. My opinions, my cultural ideas, my standards for media etc… matter little. What matters is God’s grace and truth. I pray that this post reflects Him.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover



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